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Nebraska’s tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire

From Journal Star

Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana.

They’re poised to do it again, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country.

If so, Nebraska will join a growing number of conservative states with unusually easy marijuana access, all because red-state lawmakers refuse to touch the issue and thereby make way for ballot initiatives.

Last year, Oklahoma became a vivid example. Billboards there now display a smiling white-coated doctor offering same-day service for marijuana prescriptions. Idaho, Wyoming and Mississippi may face marijuana ballot initiatives soon after legislators rejected medical marijuana with tight controls.

Meanwhile, 18 other states, including more-liberal Illinois, New York and Vermont, have legislated restrictions that make legal marijuana harder to get.

“It’s a head-scratcher,” said Bryan Boganowski, founder of the Omaha pro-marijuana group NORML about the Nebraska Legislature’s position. “I have no idea what’s going on down in Lincoln.”

Since 2010, legislators have rejected medical marijuana bills three times, even measures that allowed only low levels of the drug’s active ingredient and restricted it to creams and oils with a ban on smoking. They refused to approve programs as neighboring states took action, ranging from legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado to approving highly limited access in Iowa.

Nebraska advocates tried again this year, but with a threat: Lawmakers could approve a bill that requires people to get a state-issued registry card, limits the potency of marijuana, allows its use only for certain medical conditions and lets patients have no more than 8 ounces of the drug in their home, or supporters would place a measure with almost no restrictions on the ballot.

From the experience in other states, there is general agreement that Nebraska voters would approve such a ballot measure. The ballot measure that passed overwhelmingly in Oklahoma allows any doctor to prescribe marijuana for any health complaint.

Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart, who sponsored the legislative bill, said she’s trying to find a compromise with skeptical lawmakers but gives her measure less than a 30 percent chance of passing.

Opponents, including Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, say they want nothing to do with marijuana, even if the result is dispensaries opening everywhere selling to anyone claiming a minor ailment.

“It’s not my job to make a decision that I think compromises public safety in the state just because of the threat of a ballot initiative,” said Sen. Matt Williams, a leading opponent of the bill.

Williams said he was willing to legalize cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical compound in marijuana, but not parts of the plant that cause users to get high. But he said Wishart and legalization advocates are “completely unwilling to discuss that.”

Wishart said some patients need the whole plant because the oil alone doesn’t help their medical condition.

Another opponent, Sen. Curt Friesen, said he’s uncomfortable legalizing a drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved.

“We’re not qualified to do that,” Friesen said. “If the people want to vote to bring in medical marijuana or recreational marijuana, then we’ll deal with that.”

The draft Nebraska ballot measure would guarantee a constitutional right to use and grow marijuana if a doctor recommends it with no restrictions on what diseases qualify. It would only ban smoking the drug in public places. If voters approve it in the 2020 general election, patients would be free to grow an “adequate” supply.

Lawmakers could still try to impose some restrictions after the vote, but such an effort in Oklahoma was dropped after protests from supporters.

Shelley Gillen, whose 17-year-old son, Will, suffers from debilitating seizures, said she’s hoping for some resolution soon. “In the long run, having it go to the ballot would probably be more beneficial to more people who are ill,” she said.

Marijuana-related ballot measures could appear in as many as nine states in the 2020 election, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based group that helped lead successful campaigns in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and Utah. Medical marijuana is already legal in some form in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Ten states and the District have legalized recreational use.

In Montana, the prospect of a ballot initiative has prompted lawmakers to call for a formal study into the impact of legalizing the drug for recreational use.

Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said his group would rather have state legislatures take action so that costly ballot campaigns could be avoided.

“We’re not in the business of forcing policies on electorates that don’t want them,” he said. “Our purpose is to step in when voters are being ignored.”

Australian woman sources ‘home-grown’ medicinal cannabis through her church after year-long effort to obtain it legally fails

from ABC dot net
Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 11.04.41 PM.pngAt 89 years old, a suicidal Olive Wraight walked into her church in Bunbury, south of Perth, and asked her congregation a compromising question: “I need medicinal cannabis. Can anyone help me?”

Key points:

  • Olive Wraight tried to access medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief through legal channels for more than a year
  • The 89-year-old is one of an estimated 100,000 people using ‘home grown’ cannabis products to treat medical problems
  • There are 57 authorised prescribers in Australia, but privacy laws prevent patients from being able to search for them

She had heard whispers that some of the congregation had used medicinal cannabis for pain, and it had greatly improved their quality of life.

It’s not something Ms Wraight thought she would have to resort to.

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70-year-old Ohio man grew marijuana to help sick people – now facing prison

 

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USA Today As an engineer, 70-year-old Paul Koren spent his entire career solving problems.

So, two years ago, when his nephew’s body was attacked by a degenerative muscle disease and there was little medical professionals could do to ease his pain, Koren suspected medical marijuana could help. So the suburban Cincinnati man grew some. And gave it to him for his pain.
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Study: More Than Half Quit Using Prescription Drugs After Using Cannabis and CBD Products


By Aaron Kesel

A survey on cannabidiol (CBD) usage found that women are more likely than men to use CBD; and once they start using it they quit traditional forms of big pharma painkillers like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and Vicodin, Forbes reported.

Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research organization, and HelloMD, an online community that brings together doctors and cannabis patients, studied 2,400 of HelloMD’s community of 150,000 members by monitoring their usage of CBD products and their overall effectiveness.
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Medicinal cannabis allows paralysed Christchurch man to live ‘good life’ free from pain

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Jack Tauwhare is convinced medicinal cannabis has allowed him to live a better life.

Since damaging his C3/C4 vertebrae and being diagnosed as a tetraplegic nearly 40 years ago, Tauwhare has been a regular user of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

He was playing league for the Marist Western Suburbs premier B team at Christchurch’s Bishopdale Park in April 1981, when he drove his head into the hips of an opposing player while diving for a loose ball.

Jack Tauwhare says cannabis stopped his spasms and took away the pain he was feeling, which he likens to being covered in boiling water.
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Jack Tauwhare says cannabis stopped his spasms and took away the pain he was feeling, which he likens to being covered in boiling water.

Tauwhare said he “heard a big bang in my head”, and ended up on his stomach with his right hand across his chest. A teammate pinched the back of his legs but he could not feel anything. Continue reading

Discovery of the endocannabinoid system: single most important scientific medical discovery since sterile surgical technique (but it’s ignored by medical schools)

Via Cannabis Digest

“The discovery of the ECS will replace the current medical system of managing and treating disease. Instead of management of symptoms after disease has occurred, we will prevent disease and cancer by manipulation of the ECS.”


 

Mecial school no ECS
A Survey of American Medical School’s Acceptance of the Science of the ECS (Endocannabinoid System)

By Dr. David Allen, Nathan Stewart, Sioux Colombe and Ron Mullins

Introduction
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the single most important scientific medical discovery since the recognition of sterile surgical technique. As our knowledge expands, we are coming to realize that the ECS is a master control system of virtually all physiology. The total effect of the ECS is to regulate homeostasis and prevent disease and aging. The more we learn, the more we realize that we are in the infancy of this scientific field of study. The ECS is a control system which involves tissue receptor proteins, cellular communication and control, molecular anatomy and the scavenging of oxygen free radicals. This new field of science will change medicine forever and prove cannabis the gold standard for many disease processes. Its effect on scavenging oxygen free radicals is applicable to all disease processes and this is why it has such wide medical application and is considered a cure-all by many.
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